A provincial court judge is pondering whether to grant bail to a man accused of setting a fatal fire.
Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta said she needs time to read over some case law supplied by counsel, so she briefly adjourned the matter until next week.
“I’ll try to give my decision as quickly as I can,” Hewitt-Michta said.
Ashtyn Franklin James Richard, 20, of Sandy Bay First Nation is charged with manslaughter and arson with disregard for life in connection with a fire at a First Street house in the early morning of April 4.
The body of the home’s elderly resident, Robert Long, was found by firefighters in the ruins of the burned home.
Defence lawyer Ryan Fawcett represented Richard as he applied for bail in Brandon provincial court on Thursday.
In opposing bail, Crown attorney Jim Ross outlined the events surrounding the fire but a publication ban prevents those details from being printed.
Fawcett’s argument for Richard’s release included a bail plan in which the accused, who has no criminal record, would live in Sandy Bay with his parents.
Hewitt-Michta, however, delayed making a decision as she wants to review case law presented by Fawcett.
She’s expected to make her decision on Monday.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 13, 2012